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At Last

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Mayor secures financing for major North State project

Two years and numerous discussions later, the city of Jackson is finally moving forward on the North State Street and West County Line Road reconstruction projects.

And the projects will be moving forward more than a year ahead of schedule.

Behind the Scenes

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

Lynda wright helps make Ballet Mississippi  ‘just so beautiful’

Having taken ballet classes all her life, being in charge of the box office, accounts, and even filling in as “Mother Ginger” for three years during The Nutcracker performances, Lynda Wright could be called the backbone of Ballet Mississippi.

No decisions on what city will do about library issues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson city leaders were still weighing options last week on how to address problems with the Eudora Welty and Charles Tisdale libraries.

Welty was expected to reopen this week after temporarily being closed by the state fire marshal.

The Tisdale branch was shuttered in the spring because of black mold and water damage.

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Dealership requests to be left out of Gluckstadt and Canton annexation issue

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

The Gluckstadt incorporation is making slow and steady progress, but there is one commercial entity that wants to stay out of the issue.

The Mak Haik car dealership, located north of Glucksadt Road and west of I-55, does not want to be part of the incorporation. The car dealer does not want to be part of Canton’s annexation either.

Trying Again

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district

District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.

The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.

Punitive damages sought against Tulane University over Madison closure

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

After Tulane University’s abrupt closure in January of this year in Madison, the city is demanding $10 million in punitive damages.

The funds, according to Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, will cover hard construction costs, used city resources, and damages to Madison’s reputation and economic development credibility.

New Traffic signal

A traffic signal at the intersection of Highland Colony Parkway and Old Agency Parkway is up and running.

However, Ridgeland officials are still waiting on CSpire to finish relocating fiber optic cables before the city’s project can be completed.

Road Project

Madison county’s North Old Canton Road project should be under way. However, there have been minor expense additions to ensure the project runs smoothly.

State Aid Engineer for Madison County Jim Hust recently spoke with the board of supervisors about the project’s progress.

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More Time

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Developers get nine more months to decide on center

Developers have roughly three months to decide if it will lease some 130 acres of airport property to build a $165 million mixed-use project in Flowood.

The property is owned by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA).

Miss Veazey and Rees to exchange wedding vows August 26 at Livingston

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Day Veazey Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Garner Veazey, to Charles Phillip Rees, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Henry Rees of Baton Rouge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Garner Watkins Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Day Veazey, all of Madison.

Millage increase

The Southwest Madison fire district is about to see a change in millage. Recently, the Madison County Board of Supervisors approved an increased millage of four mills.

Punitive damages sought against Tulane University over Madison closure

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

After Tulane University’s abrupt closure in January of this year in Madison, the city is demanding $10 million in punitive damages.

The funds, according to Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, will cover hard construction costs, used city resources, and damages to Madison’s reputation and economic development credibility.

Pastors for Kemper

We thought nothing regarding the Kemper power plant could surprise us anymore, but we were wrong. We now have a campaign called the Ministerial Alliance calling for the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) to take mercy on Mississippi Power and its failed boondoggle.

New Traffic signal

A traffic signal at the intersection of Highland Colony Parkway and Old Agency Parkway is up and running.

However, Ridgeland officials are still waiting on CSpire to finish relocating fiber optic cables before the city’s project can be completed.

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City meet

The River Hills parent relay team (from left) Ben Kerr, Will McCraney, Tal Hendrix, and Parker Ellison swam to a first place finish during this year’s event at the Jackson Swim Association’s City Meet.

Court denies R’land request

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Opponents of the Ridgeland Costco Wholesale scored a minor victory recently in their efforts to keep the wholesaler from locating on Highland Colony Parkway.

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied the city of Ridgeland’s request to expedite the appeal of the city’s 2015 vote to amend the zoning ordinance.

Dealership requests to be left out of Gluckstadt and Canton annexation issue

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

The Gluckstadt incorporation is making slow and steady progress, but there is one commercial entity that wants to stay out of the issue.

The Mak Haik car dealership, located north of Glucksadt Road and west of I-55, does not want to be part of the incorporation. The car dealer does not want to be part of Canton’s annexation either.

Watters honored for contributions

Betti Watters was the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter.

This award goes to Mississippi NASW members who have made significant contributions to the field of professional social work throughout their professional careers in Mississippi.

Lean Forecast

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Collection shortfalls challenge city officials with budget issues

Jackson could have a draft budget next week, but even before that plan is released, city officials expect 2018 to be a lean year.

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Esperanza Velasquez is founder of the Mississippi Hispanic Association in Flowood.